The Heart of Russia with Kazan Extension
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The Heart of Russia with Kazan Extension
Small group tour
2 travelers
12 days
3 cities
4days
Moscow, Russia
Traveling to the capital of Russia? Make sure to leave extra time to really see all of the world-famous sights of Moscow, starting with St. Basil's Cathedral and Bolshoi Theater, to GUM - State Department Store, that once boasted 1200 different stores and continues to astonish travelers with its size, elegance, and opulent architecture. When visiting Moscow, make sure to pop up to Kremlin and see the remarkable red brick building that is the principal symbol of Russia....
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    Day 1: Arrival

    Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Upon arrival, your private driver transfers you to the hotel for check-in.

    The rest of the day is free to relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the amazing city center on your own.


    Day 2: Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Tretyakov Gallery

    Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and have a wonderful city tour around the most magnificent Moscow landmarks.

    During the tour you take a walk at the beautiful Red Square, admire the famous GUM department store and go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral, and see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction. 

    After lunch at a local restaurant, you pay a visit to the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you spend amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel and Viktor Vasnetsov.

    After the tour, you return to your hotel to have some rest.

    In the evening you board the Radisson boat and set off on the amazing 2,5-hour Night cruise to see stunning Moscow from the waterside.

    Lunch and a welcome drink on the boat is included.


    Day 3: Visiting the Kremlin Territory & Armoury Chamber

    This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin.

    Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and set off on a 4-hour walking tour. You walk to the Kremlin territory where you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals.

    Then you visit the famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

    After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

    In the afternoon you can choose to join an optional guided tour of Izmailovo Kremlin and Vodka Museum (292 USD per person) or an optional evening walk with a local guide (130 USD per person).


    Day 4: Moscow Subway & the Sparrow Hills Viewpoint

    Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and enjoy discovering one of the most interesting sites in Moscow hidden deep beneath the surface - the Moscow Subway. You have a quick subway ride to taste local life and enjoy the splendid decorations of its stations. 

    After the Subway ride, you have a chance to enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills and see the grand building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow. 

    Today you also drive by the Victory park, have a photo stop at the Triumphal Arch and visit the new Zaryadye Park, dubbed as the new symbol of Moscow, where you have amazing photo opportunities with the most picturesque views on the historic center of Moscow.

    After lunch in a local restaurant, you are transferred to the train station where you board the modern high-speed Sapsan train (Business class tickets are included) that takes you to St. Petersburg in comfort and safety in just 4 hours. 

    Lunch and a meal on board the train are included.

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    Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow
    5-star hotel
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    4 days / 3 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    The 5-star hotel, located near many of Moscow's metro stations is the ...
    Experiences
    • Russian Visa Processing Service
    • Moscow by Night Tour with Radisson Boat Ride
    • Moscow City Tour & Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery
    • Walking Tour of the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow
    • Moscow Subway & the Sparrow Hills Viewpoint
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    Transfers
    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
    • Departure Private Transfer Minivan
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18 Jun
Rail
Connection | Moscow - Saint Petersburg
Business Сlass Seat
Leningradskiy station
Moscow, Russia
4 hours
Moskovskiy station
St. Petersburg, Russia
6days
St. Petersburg, Russia
Visiting Saint Petersburg? The most romantic place in Russia also referred to as ‘The Second Capital of Russia’ is worth at least four days of your journey. Pay a visit to the Peter and Paul fortress - where almost all Russian emperors and empresses have been buried, then make your way to the most famous church in St. Petersburg the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. For the most memorable experience in Saint Petersburg, we recommend going on a river tour to see the stunning palaces and really understand why the city is also called ’The Venice of the North’. ...
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    Day 4: Arrival to Saint Petersburg

    Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the train station platform and takes you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.


    Day 5: St. Petersburg City Tour & Boat Ride

    After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most cherished gems of St. Petersburg, including Palace Square, the Hermitage Museum, the Mariinsky Theater, Nevsky Prospect and many other popular attractions.

    Then you visit the Peter and Paul Fortress - a burial place of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family. You have a photo stop at the magnificent St. Isaac's Cathedral and go inside Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which stands where Russia's great emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded.

    Today guide takes you to one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg - the Shuvalov Palace located on the Fontanka River to show you the world's largest collection of works by Carl Faberge, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs, regarded not only as the finest jeweled works of art, but also as unique historical artifacts.

    After lunch in a local restaurant, you enjoy a private boat ride along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg to see the city from a completely new perspective.

    After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

    Lunch is included.


    Day 6: Tour of the Hermitage Museum & Folk Show

    Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go to the legendary Hermitage Museum to see its unique collection of world art.

    During the tour, you visit the halls of the Winter Palace to explore the main collection of the Hermitage, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya and Thomas Gainsborough, as well as the famous Diamond Room that contains the unique collection of priceless gems belonging to the Romanov family.

    Cross the Palace square to enter the General Staff Building which houses Hermitage's superb collection of Modern European Art, primarily consisting of the world-famous French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.

    After the tour, you return to your hotel to have some rest.

    In the evening you enjoy a fascinating Folk Show at the Nikolaevsky Palace. 


    Day 7: Trip to Peterhof 

    After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and travel to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian tsars and the gem of palace architecture - Peterhof.

    During the tour, you visit the famous Bath Cottage and take a walk in the beautiful Lower Park, lavishly adorned with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes.

    After the tour we invite you for a coffee break with a traditional Russian treat. After the break, you have a unique hydrofoil ride back to St. Petersburg. 

    Upon your return to the city, you are taken to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

    Coffee break with a traditional Russian treat is included.


    Day 8: Trip to Pushkin & Farewell Dinner

    After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and head for Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace that is a striking example of baroque architecture gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I.

    During the tour, you walk through the lavish parks and gardens of this outstanding palace and enjoy its gorgeous interiors, including the replica of the world-renowned Amber Room.

    After the tour we invite you for a glass of champagne and the famous Russian red caviar. After this pleasant break, you return to your hotel in St. Petersburg. 

    In the evening you enjoy Farewell dinner in a company of your guide and fellow travelers.

    Champagne & caviar reception and dinner are included.


    Day 9: Flight Saint-Petersburg - Kazan

    In the morning you check out from your hotel and have a transfer to St. Petersburg airport for the flight to Kazan.

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    5-star Corinthia Nevsky Palace
    5-star hotel
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    6 days / 5 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    The luxury hotel Corinthia is located on Nevsky Prospect, in the very ...
    Experiences
    • St. Petersburg City Tour & Boat Ride
    • Tour of the Hermitage Museum
    • "Feel Yourself Russian" Folk Show
    • Full Day Trip to Peterhof with Entrances to the Lower Park and Bath Cottage
    • Trip to Pushkin with Entrances to the Catherine's Palace and Park
    • Farewell Dinner
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    Transfers
    • Arrival Private Transfer Minivan
    • Departure Private Transfer Sedan
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23 Jun
Air
Connection | Saint Petersburg - Kazan
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St. Petersburg, Russia
2 h
Kazan, Russia
4days
Kazan, Russia
Visiting Kazan? Make sure to spend at least few days learning more about Russia’s Tsarist past in the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan. Explore the top sights of Kazan, also known as the “Third Capital of Russia”, including the Kremlin of Kazan and the magnificent Kul Sharif Mosque - the largest Muslim place of worship. Discover Russian heritage and unique architectural marvels with a visit to Temple of All Religions, which after 25 years is still under construction....
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    Day 9: Arrival

    Welcome to the beautiful capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the center of Tatar culture in Russia! Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

    Upon check in you will have a transfer to reconstructed Tatar village, where you enjoy fantastic folk show with traditional dinner. Transfer from the venue to hotel is included. 


    Day 10: Kazan Sightseeing Tour & Tatar Cooking Master Class

    Following breakfast, you meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby and enjoy a panoramic city tour around the most prominent attractions of Kazan.

    At first, you explore the main treasures of the Kazan Kremlin complex, including one of the largest mosques in Russia - the Qol Sharif Mosque, the leaning Soyembika Tower, the Annunciation Cathedral and the Governor's Palace. You are then in for a little surprise.

    Your lunch program includes a cooking master class where you learn how to make a traditional Tatar dish.

    Later you continue your tour to the Kazan Family Center located on the bank of the Kazanka River. The unique form of the building reminds a huge cauldron.

    After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.


    Day 11: Trip to Sviyazhsk and Chak-Chak Museum

    Following breakfast you meet your guide and driver who take you to the island of Sviyazhsk to enjoy its amazing architectural heritage. Along the way you have a stop at the famous Temple of All Religions - the unique complex that consists of several cupolas, minarets and spires representing the architecture of 12 major religions of the world.

    Upon arrival at Sviyazhsk, a former fortress, which once helped Ivan IV to conquer Kazan Khanate, you enjoy a walking tour around its most treasured attractions, including the Dormition Monastery, the Monastery of John the Baptist.

    Later you also visit a very unique for Russia museum - museum of wood, built right on a 500 years old archaeological site. At the excavation zone of 900 square meters, you will see the real location of the wooden city buildings from the XVI - XVIII centuries.

    After a break for lunch (not included) you proceed to chak-chak museum. Here you learn the secrets of making the traditional Tatar sweet. You are also invited for tea drinking with chak-chak, baursak and Tatar pastila.

    After the tour you return back to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.


    Day 12: Departure
    This is the final day of your amazing tour of Russia! After breakfast you check out from your hotel and your private driver takes you to the airport for your flight back home. 

    We hope you've enjoyed both magnificent Russian capitals and return home with lifelong memories and unforgettable impressions. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

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    Hotel Korston Royal Kazan
    5-star hotel
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    4 days / 3 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    Located in historical Kazan city, the 5-star Hotel Korston Royal Kazan...
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    • Full Day City Tour with Cooking Master Class
    • Full Day Trip to Sviyazhsk & Chak-Chak Museum
    • Tatar Folk Show with Dinner and Transfers
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    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
    • Departure Private Transfer Sedan
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What’s included:
  • Accommodation at remarkable 5-star hotels in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kazan;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Executive airport transfers and business class transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrances fees to St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Kremlin territory & Armoury Chamber, Moscow subway, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress, Faberge Museum, Hermitage Museum & General Staff Building, Diamond Room of the Hermitage, Bath Cottage and Lower Park in Peterhof, Hydrofoil ride, Pushkin Park, Catherine's Palace, Chak-Chak musseum and Archaeological Wood museum;
  • Moscow boat ride & welcome drink;
  • Folk show at the Nikolaevsky Palace;
  • Folk Show with dinner in Kazan;
  • Private boat ride and hydrofoil ride in St-Petersburg;
  • Champagne reception with red caviar;
  • Coffee break with a traditional Russian treat;
  • Business class high-speed Sapsan train tickets from Moscow to St. Petersburg;
  • Economy class flight St.-Petersburg - Kazan;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens and visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Note:
1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.
2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

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